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onsdag 10 mars 2010

Dagbok från schumacher College 2

Dartington är en pytteliten håla här på landsbygden i södra ENGLAND. Dock mycket inspirerande omgivningar för folk som mig, som både gillar landsbygd, storslagen natur - och TRANSITION TOWN- rörelsen! Den senare började nämligen här i den lilla staden Totnes som ligger ett stenkast härifrån. (Åt andra hållet ligger den storslagna nationalparken Dartmoore som vi vandrade i, igår, i flera timmar.)

Till Totes kommer vi imorgon för att beskåda inte bara stan, utan även DROTTNING Elizabet som råkar kvista förbi just då...

Så här står det på introduktionen på deras hemsida:

The mission of Transition Town Totnes (TTT) is two-fold. The first is to explore and then follow pathways of practical actions that will reduce our carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels (getting to zero carbon is increasingly seen as viable response).
The second is to build the town's resilience, that is, its ability to withstand shocks from the outside, to be more self reliant in terms of food, energy, employment and economics.

It is designed to be a process not of scaring people with statistics or guilt-tripping people into responding.
Rather the Transition process is one of acting as a catalyst, unlocking the collective genius and enthusiasm of the community, and harnessing the untapped power of engaged optimism.

The main aim of TTT over the next 12-24 months is to produce and begin to implement an Energy Descent Action Plan (EDAP), which is a visionary yet practical strategic document that sets out pathways for how the town can safely transition from its present fossil-fuel dependency to a place of oil independence and enhanced local resilience.
This plan bears little resemblance to the community planning documents we are used to. It will offer a practical 'roadmap' from the present to this lower energy world, but will also paint a compelling picture of this destination as somewhere potentially more fulfilling, abundant and connected that that of today.

Our objectives include;
Raising awareness about peak oil and climate change and the need to see the two problems as being inter-related.
Fostering and supporting a diversity of projects which emerge from the community via the TTT and EDAP processes.
Building networks with other organisations and groups in the area.
Disseminating the TTT approach, model and learnings through the emerging Transition Network
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Imorgon får vi också veta mer i föreläsning av förgrundsfiguren Rob Hopkins.

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